Using one's own garden flowers to create oshibana (pressed-flower arrangements) and thereby eternally preserving the flowers' beauty is a joy many nature lovers would relish.
For Setsuko Osawa, an oshibana artist, such pleasures are a life's work. For the last 20 years or so, Osawa has stood at the forefront of the oshibana world, even when it wasn't getting the attention it does today. She continuously produced beautiful pieces, including the tiny, detailed life-sized works in the popular 1996 oshibana calendar; a different arrangement for every day of the year.
Her oshibana exhibition, currently at Matsuya Ginza until May 8, includes this calendar work as well as about 200 other works.